Habitat Programs That Benefit Ring-necked Pheasant and Northern Bob-white Quail
NY Pheasant Management Plan
Management Plan for Ring-necked Pheasants in New York State
The Ring-necked Pheasant Management Plan Focus Area has been selected by NYDEC as the best area to focus habitat programs for the enhancement of wild pheasant populations.
NY State DEC Habitat Programs
Grassland Landowner Incentives Program (LIP)
Landowners are selected to receive technical and financial assistance through the Landowner Incentive Program for Grassland Protection and Management.
Grasslands For Wildlife Program
About the program:
- A program designed to demonstrate the value of grasslands for pheasants and other grassland wildlife.
- Encourage others to plant and maintain grassland habitat.
- DEC provides native grass and wildflower seed.
- Establish grasslands 5 - 40 acres in size in the Wild Pheasant Focus Area and all Wildlife Management Units in the cock only zone.
How the program works:
- Pheasants Forever Chapters look for potential sites and landowners willing to put their land in grasslands for wildlife habitat.
- Sites are evaluated based on access to the site, public viewing, contract period, pheasant population, and habitat proximity.
- Once the best sites are selected a cooperative agreement is signed by Pheasants Forever, the landowner and DEC.
- DEC buys the grass seed.
- The landowner works with Pheasants Forever, DEC, and other partners to prepare the site and plant the seed.
For more information contact:
Michael R. Wasilco
NYSDEC Regional Wildlife Manager
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414
USDA Habitat Programs in NY
Programs administered by Farm Service Agency (FSA):
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Receive annual rental payments for planting permanent vegetation on your idle, highly erodible farmland through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
CRP practices that benefit pheasant and quail:
- Native grass & wildflower plantings;
- Introduced grass & legumes;
- Riparian buffers;
- Wildlife habitat buffers;
- Wetland buffers;
- Filter strips;
- Wetland restoration;
- Grass waterways;
- Living snow fences;
- Contour grass strips;
- Shallow water areas for wildlife.
NY Grassland SAFE (CP38) – State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement:
Up to 4900 acres is available for enrollment to benefit grassland dependent species.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program(CREP)
Unique Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) state and federal partnerships allow you to receive incentive payments for installing specific conservation practices that help protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water.
Catskill & Delaware Watershed CREP: